U.S. universities scrambled to confirm the safety of students studying in Belgium in the wake of terrorist bombing attacks that killed dozens on Tuesday at the main airport and a subway station in Brussels. Among the universities that reported that their students were safe and accounted for were Goucher College and Loyola University Maryland, both in Baltimore; the University of Maryland at College Park; the University of Massachusetts at Amherst; the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; the University of Missouri at Columbia; and the University of Oregon, all according to local media accounts. Three Quinnipiac University students who were at the Brussels airport at the time of the explosions are shaken up but safe, NBC Connecticut reported.
Boston University has no students in Brussels but announced that it is advising its students elsewhere in Europe to avoid travel to the city.
Among Belgian universities, Vrije Universiteit Brussel has canceled classes and events through the end of the week and has instructed staff to work from home. The University of Leuven has closed its Brussels campuses through at least today but is continuing classes at its other locations as planned. The Université libre de Bruxelles is opening today with increased security precautions.
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